shiraneHaruo Shirane

Department Chair
Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature

Haruo Shirane’s fields of interest are Japanese literature, visual culture, and cultural history, with particular focus on intertextuality and language, text/image relations, popular and elite subcultures, and culture and power.


ShangWeiWei Shang

Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-1526




andererPaul Anderer

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-1525





Jungwon Kim

MA Program Co-Director
Phone: (212) 854-3811
King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies

Jungwon Kim specializes in gender, family, and legal history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910), including women’s writings, ritual and expression of emotions, and the use of legal archives.


Ying Qian

MA Program Co-Director
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Film, and Media Studies

Ying Qian’s fields of interest are in Chinese literature, cinema and media studies, including documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, experience and memory of China’s revolutions and socialism, and writing, translation and filmmaking in China’s multi-lingual and multi-ethnic border regions and among the Chinese diaspora.

Greg Pflugfelder

History-East Asia Program Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5035
Associate Professor of Japanese History

Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies, with an emphasis on cultural history; the history of gender, sexuality, and the body; and constructions of monstrosity.



tamara kachanovTamara Kachanov

Director of Academic Administration and Finance
Phone: (212) 854-5028

Provides overall administrative and financial management to the department. Manages human resources and supervises academic coordinator, business manager and financial assistant. Oversees the overall administrative and financial areas of the department’s operation.  Processes faculty search applications in RAPS and overrsees student fellowship matters. Manages space administration and capital projects.

Laura Schlein

Academic Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-6780

Assists the Chairman with various matters, including faculty and lecturer reviews. Assists students with academic affairs, including dissertation defenses. Assists the DGS,  DUS and MA Program Directors with academic tasks, including senior thesis tutor assignments and degree conferral. Submits CPS to the Registrar and schedules room assignments for courses. Coordinates admissions and student recruitment. Prepares certification of graduate student degrees. Submits new courses to the DSC and COI. Maintains department website and student lists. Keeps minutes of department meetings.

Anri Vartanov

Business Manager
Phone: (212) 854-3811

Manages departmental budgets, faculty research accounts and personnel expenses. Resolves financial problems and reconciles accounts. Has approval authority for all reimbursement and expenses for funding programs for faculty and students. Supervises Financial Assistant. Approves casual and work study payroll. Oversees lounge reservations. Coordinates reimbursements for job search candidates and visiting admitted students. Processes all part-time student and faculty appointments. Processes faculty and visiting scholar visas. Serves as liaison with International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). Issues UNIs for new faculty.

P1050092Rosibeli Gomez

Financial and Administrative Assistant
Phone: (212) 854-1207

Provides support for the administrative and financial activities for the Business Manager, including all reimbursements for faculty and students, and payments for conferences and speaker series events. Makes hotel reservations for department visitors. Assists with the monitoring of account reconciliation. Orders supplies and equipment. Processes lounge reservations. Keeps track of spending for faculty research accounts and conferences. Maintains  EALAC directory, office space, copier and equipment, and assists with all facility matters. Coordinates food ordering for social events and meetings. Maintains listervs. Broadcasts department announcements.